Nicole Villalpando

Parenting & homes editor

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in her Raising Austin column and blog, as well as homes improvement, faith, aging and community stories for Austin 360. She is also the editor of Season for Caring, the American-Statesman's annual charity campaign that has raised about $10 million in cash and in-kind goods and services for area nonprofits since it began in 1999. She has been with the American-Statesman since 1999 and lives in Austin with her husband, two kids, two cats and one out-numbered dog.

Latest from Nicole Villalpando

Beyond ‘Incident’: How Zach Theatre adapts shows for people with autism
 ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is the story of 15-year-old Christopher, who begins solving a Sherlock Holmes-type mystery after he’s suspected of killing the neighbor’s dog. Christopher has a knack for math but struggles with his everyday surroundings. He’s what many would recognize as someone...

Posted: 10 hours ago

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is the story of 15-year-old Christopher, who begins solving a Sherlock Holmes-type mystery after he’s suspected of killing the neighbor’s dog. Christopher has a knack for math but struggles with his everyday surroundings. He’s what many would recognize as someone...
Honor a Texas legend, explore science and more family fun, Feb. 18-24
 Events Family Science Days. Meet an astronaut, learn about ants and raptors, dinosaurs and space. The public portion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Austin Convention Center. Free. aaas.org Paint It Forward. Art auction of art from preschoolers to benefit Make a Wish, plus...

Posted: 2 days ago

Events Family Science Days. Meet an astronaut, learn about ants and raptors, dinosaurs and space. The public portion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Austin Convention Center. Free. aaas.org Paint It Forward. Art auction of art from preschoolers to benefit Make a Wish, plus...
Yes, Austin kids can try a winter Olympics sport in Central Texas. Here’s how
 You and your children have been watching the Olympics. Now they want to become the next Nathan Chen, Shaun White or 
               Mikaela 
               Shiffrin. Do you have to move to Colorado to get them involved in winter sports? We don’t have a ski mountain in our backyard, but you can do some of the Winter Olympic...

Posted: 3 days ago

You and your children have been watching the Olympics. Now they want to become the next Nathan Chen, Shaun White or  Mikaela  Shiffrin. Do you have to move to Colorado to get them involved in winter sports? We don’t have a ski mountain in our backyard, but you can do some of the Winter Olympic...
Looking for a summer camp? Check out our camp guide
 We’re getting excited about our summer camp guide. Find in at 
            campguide.austin360.com. For this year’s camp guide, we offer a
             choose-your-own adventure to find the choose the right camp based on your child’s personality. We’ve been writing about camp for 25 years and have shared a lot...

Posted: 3 days ago

We’re getting excited about our summer camp guide. Find in at  campguide.austin360.com. For this year’s camp guide, we offer a choose-your-own adventure to find the choose the right camp based on your child’s personality. We’ve been writing about camp for 25 years and have shared a lot...
Can taking elderberry syrup prevent or reduce the flu?
 We’re hearing reports of elderberry syrup flying off the shelves as this flu season continues to do its worst. Already 38 people in Travis County have died from the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling it an epidemic and said it is the worst flu season since the swine flu of 2009. Does elderberry...

Posted: 3 days ago

We’re hearing reports of elderberry syrup flying off the shelves as this flu season continues to do its worst. Already 38 people in Travis County have died from the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling it an epidemic and said it is the worst flu season since the swine flu of 2009. Does elderberry...
Hyde Park house disguises modern home in classic outer shell
 Cody and Katie Pierce loved the 1927 bungalow in Hyde Park they bought when their oldest daughter was a baby. Then Lily, 4, grew and was joined by younger sister Bowie, 2. Soon, the bungalow just felt too small. One of the bedrooms could really only fit a crib. They didn’t want to leave Hyde Park and this house. They loved the look...

Posted: 3 days ago

Cody and Katie Pierce loved the 1927 bungalow in Hyde Park they bought when their oldest daughter was a baby. Then Lily, 4, grew and was joined by younger sister Bowie, 2. Soon, the bungalow just felt too small. One of the bedrooms could really only fit a crib. They didn’t want to leave Hyde Park and this house. They loved the look...
Lions Club vision screenings identify problems early in pre-K kids
 Four-year-old Matthew Brown stares into the screen of the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener held by Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club volunteer Rudy Munguia. Matthew can see flashing lights, but, of course, Munguia makes it fun and tells him to look for the little bird. Does he see it? This technique gets prekindergarten kids to really stare...

Posted: 3 days ago

Four-year-old Matthew Brown stares into the screen of the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener held by Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club volunteer Rudy Munguia. Matthew can see flashing lights, but, of course, Munguia makes it fun and tells him to look for the little bird. Does he see it? This technique gets prekindergarten kids to really stare...
Can Elderberry really shorten the length of your flu?
 We’re hearing reports of elderberry syrup flying off the shelves as this flu season continues to do its worst. 
            Already 38 people in Travis County have died from the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling it an epidemic and said it is the worst flu season since the swine
        ...

Posted: 4 days ago

We’re hearing reports of elderberry syrup flying off the shelves as this flu season continues to do its worst. Already 38 people in Travis County have died from the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling it an epidemic and said it is the worst flu season since the swine ...
Austin Regional Clinic studies anti-flu drug in high-risk patients
 Austin Regional Clinic is studying a new drug to fight the flu. The drug from Japanese company Shionogi Inc. is known as S-033188 to the Food and Drug Administration or baloxavir marboxil outside of the study. It would be an alternative to Tamiflu. Baloxavir marboxil already has been studied in otherwise healthy people with the flu and showed...

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin Regional Clinic is studying a new drug to fight the flu. The drug from Japanese company Shionogi Inc. is known as S-033188 to the Food and Drug Administration or baloxavir marboxil outside of the study. It would be an alternative to Tamiflu. Baloxavir marboxil already has been studied in otherwise healthy people with the flu and showed...
Fill your long President’s Day weekend with these Austin family events, Feb. 16-19
   What are you doing this President’s Day weekend? It might be rainy, but there’s a lot of fun events for the family.  Check
            out these Austin events: Family Science Days. Meet an astronaut, learn about ants and raptors, dinosaurs and space. The public portion of the American Association for the
    ...

Posted: 4 days ago

  What are you doing this President’s Day weekend? It might be rainy, but there’s a lot of fun events for the family.  Check out these Austin events: Family Science Days. Meet an astronaut, learn about ants and raptors, dinosaurs and space. The public portion of the American Association for the ...